LAHORE: Nine Pakistanis, who had been detained at the Bagram prison in Afghanistan, have been repatriated, a non-profit law firm working for the release of Pakistani citizens detained in foreign prisons confirmed on Thursday. These are in addition to the 10 detainees released earlier this year.
The ministry of interior confirmed the release to the firm, a statement issued by Justice Project Pakistan (JPP). It added that the International Red Cross had informed the families of the detainees that the men had been handed over to Pakistani authorities.
The nine released detainees include Abdul Nabi, Sadar Muhammad, Zabet, Imran, Muhammad Iqbal, Imtiaz Khan, Shoaib Khan, Latifullah, Imranul Hassan. All have been held for several years without charge and access to a lawyer, the JPP said.
Barrister Sarah Belal of JPP says, “We are pleased to learn about recent releases from Bagram and are delighted for their families – their years-long nightmare is finally coming to an end.”
She hoped that the government would not keep these repatriated detainees from their families for too long and they would soon be allowed to go home.